50 Plus Awesome Ways to Upcycle Clothing

[pinit]50 Plus Best DIY Upcycled Clothing Tutorials to make @savedbyloves[pinit]

Before you haul that pile of old clothes off to Goodwill, you may want to check out this collection of 50+ awesome upcycled clothing tutorials! Up the style of your wardrobe with some simple and inexpensive creative ideas to refashion those old clothes. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know. We love a good clothing upcycle!

Easy Silkscreen Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorial #ScupleyProjects


How to Make Polymer Clay Jewelry[pinit]

I haven't had my hands on clay for way too long.  The new Silkscreen Kit from Premo Clay was the perfect way to jump back into the medium.  If you haven't experimented with polymer clay, stop reading this and go find some.  You will be amazed at the gorgeous pieces you can make right off the bat, from jewelry to home decor and more.  It is a medium that is very forgiving, versatile, and doesn't require a bunch of expensive tools and equipment to get started.  Today I will show you how I made a lovely necklace, bracelet and pair of earrings that I kinda love a bunch.  You can make your own art jewelry with just a few simple supplies.  Let's get started!

Premo Clay Jewelry Tutorial


Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit #SculpeyProjects

Premo Clay and Silkscreen Kit

Jump rings

2 Pairs of flat nose jewelry pliers

Toggle clasp

Earring findings

Necklace chain

Gold paint marker

Cookie cutters in circles and ovals

Bead reamer or toothpicks


Ceramic tile or flat baking pan dedicated to clay

Rolling pin or smooth bottle or glass

Protective gloves (these are optional but great for keeping clay fingerprint free)


How to mix polymer clay colors

I began by mixing blue clay with pearly white to get my desired color.  Just twist the colors together as shown.  Continue twisting and kneading clay in your hands to mix the colors and warm/condition the clay.  Conditioning is essential when beginning any clay project.  It ensures the components of the clay are evenly distributed and the clay is soft and shapable.  This clay was super easy to condition.  I have worked with clay that is hard and brittle and takes forever to warm up, but this Premo was great!  Continue until the clay is the color and shade you want.

How to condition polymer clay

I used my Sculpey Clay Conditioning Machine to get a flat even sheet.  This costs about $20 and is well worth the investment if you are going to create with clay more than a couple of times.  You can also use a smooth glass, rolling pin or bottle to smooth the clay out on a bake-able surface.  I like to use tiles I pick up at Habitat Restore for a dime.  I have tons of them on hand for just this purpose.  Once the clay is rolled out, you don't want to have to move it, as it will become distorted and uneven until it is baked and therefore hardened.  Having it on a surface you can just stick in the oven is super handy.

Premo Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit #SculpeyProjects

The kit comes with silver metallic paint, gold metallic paint, 4 reusable screens (totaling 2 large single patterns and 12 mini patterns) and a squeegee.  Aren't the designs so fun?!

How to silkscreen

Premo Polymer Clay Silkscreen Kit Jewelry Tutorial #SculpeyProjects

I choose my design, placed a thin line of gold paint, and used the squeegee to pull the color across the screen, lightly so as not to indent the clay.

How to Make Polymer Clay Silkscreen Jewelry

Here is what it looked like after the first try!  So easy and pretty.

TIP:  Make sure to immediately was the screen and squeegee so the paint doesn't dry on them.  You want to reuse them for as long as possible!

How to Cut Shapes in Clay

TIP:  Spray armor-all onto the cookie cutter inner and outer edge so that the clay won't stick to it and come up off the surface when you lift the cutter away after cutting.

Easy Free Polymer Clay Jewelry Tutorials

Choose an area and a cookie cutter and press it into the clay to cut shapes.  I used circles large and medium for the pendant an earrings.  For the bracelet I used a small oval cutter.

Pull the "scrap clay" away from the cut shapes and set aside.  You can recondition it and reuse it, even if it has paint on it.  Just mix it in by conditioning it with your hands or pasta machine.

How to attach clay pieces

To create holes for jump rings in your pieces, you can use a toothpick while the clay is still raw, or use a bead reamer or drill after baking the clay.  Manipulating the clay while raw always carries the risk of distorting it, so I usually wait until it is baked before creating holes.  For this project I went ahead and made the holes while the clay was raw since I was going for an organic, imperfect feel.

How to seal polymer clay

I baked my pieces at 260 for 45 minutes and let them cool.  I painted the edges and back with a gold paint marker and sealed the pieces with Matte Mod Podge after the paint dried.Polymer Clay Silkscreen Earrings DIY

I used 2o gauge gold wire to create jump rings, earring findings and a toggle clasp for my finished pieces.  You can save money and get a unique look to your pieces by making your own findings, or purchase pre made findings.

DIY Polymer Clay Easy Bracelet Tutorial

This new kit from Premo has ignited my clay jewelry flame once again!  I have made several more pieces that you will be seeing in the future.  I hope you are inspired to try some clay projects.  It is so easy, inexpensive and you will be amazed at the gorgeous projects you can make from the get go.

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Disclosure: I received product and compensation from Polyform and Blueprint Social in exchange for my campaign.  All opinions are honest and mine, as always!

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DIY Paper Hydrangeas


how to make paper hydrangeas[pinit]

What is better than a bouquet of fresh hydrangeas?  A bouquet of paper hydrangeas that don't ever wilt!  Today I am sharing with you this easy, however time consuming, paper hydrangea tutorial.  I am going to be upfront here... this project to me way longer than I expected.  That said, it is a perfect way to keep creative while chilling in front of your favorite t.v. series.  I used a Sizzix die for my project, but Lia Griffith has a great Paper Hydrangea Printable Template and DIY that I featured at Printable Decor recently.

How to make paper flower bouquet

I used wonderful filter paper that I got from Materials for the Arts in Bloomington.  If you are a crafter/artist and don't have a relationship with your local recycling center, you could be missing out big time!

imageI die cut the petals with my Sizzix Lilac Die and colored them with distress markers. For a watercolor effect I painted over the marker with a wet paintbrush. You could use watercolor or acrylics too.


I followed Lia's tutorial linked above to assemble my flowers. Holy ninjas, that took forever. It was totally worth it though. Papercrafting tutorial paper hydrangeas

For more paper flower tutorials and awesomeness, visit our 50+ DIY Paper Flowers Roundup;

Over 50 DIY Projects Using Old Maps

[pinit] 50 Best DIY Projects to Make Using Old Maps @savedbyloves[pinit]

Do you love old maps?  Well if so, today's round-up is going to make you dance and celebrate.  If not that, you will at least find some inspiration in super cool things to make with old maps.  Here is a collection of over 50 of the best projects "on the map"!  Enjoy, and as always, if you have a tutorial you would like included in the collection, send me the link for consideration.

Easy DIY Mother’s Day Gift Idea




Hello! Colleen here, with a way to decorate a totebag that will make it worthy of gift-giving. You do realize that Mother's Day is right around the corner, right? I know! With Easter being so late in April, we have to really move fast if we want to give any handmade gifts to the moms in our lives. No worries because this happens to be a fast project. And cute too.


You only need a few supplies -

  • Tulip Fabric Markers (available at craft stores and Walmart)
  • a paintbrush
  • a totebag (this is a shopping bag from the Dollar Store)
  • a pattern
  • a piece of cardboard to fit inside the tote

While this tutorial is for a totebag you could also use the markers on almost any fabric. Tee shirts are cute too. However, I made this for my own mother who can always use another totebag.

I've provided the Hydrangea in a Teacup pattern for you to download. If you'd like, I have other patterns that are free to download too. Most of them would work fine for this project.

tea-time-totebag After you print your pattern, place it on top of the cardboard and slide it into the totebag. This prevents the markers from seeping to the backside as well as holds the pattern a little more stable.

You could also iron the pattern onto the shiny side of a piece of freezer paper, then iron that to the tote or tee shirt to prevent slipping. However, make sure you do a test for iron safeness on any shopping bags. The one I used above needed a press cloth between it and the iron.


Now all you need to do is outline the pattern with your choice of colors.


You can mix more than one color too.


This was the finished design after outlining with purple, pink, and a few green dots in the center for the hydrangea buds.


Dampen your paintbrush with a little water and go over the marker lines. The more water you use, the more of the markers will blend. The less water, the more defined the lines will be.


You can do a little of both - leave some outlining and blend other parts. There is no right or wrong way to do this.


You can fill in the pattern completely or leave spaces for the totebag to show thru.

It's a great kids' project too. If they're too young to outline, they would still love to grab a paintbrush and "paint" a present for Mom or Gramma, wouldn't they?


Isn't this a great craft for Mother's Day? Or any other day, actually.

If you use the markers on a shirt, they're washable after drying 24 hours. To be on the safe side, I think I'd heatset them anyway with an iron, although the instructions don't mention that.

Have fun with this! I hope you'll stop by Just Paint It and say hi one of these days. I'm always painting . . . or drawing with markers! You can also find me on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and Instagram too.

Happy Crafting!


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Make Geometric Modern Jewelry With Balsa Wood

Wooden jewelrymaking Tutorial @savedbyloves  

Have you ever wondered what you could do with balsa wood?  I mean besides kid school projects?  I inherited a stack of the stuff and it has been stowed away for years, waiting for me to be struck with inspiration.  I saw these cool, modern DIY jewelry pieces from Infinity Blend and now I can't wait to get started!  You don't have to have special power tools with this wood, just a craft knife and tiny screw driver you would use on your eyeglasses.


Make DIY Jewelry With Balsa Wood @savedbyloves


Click on the image above for the full tutorial, or go HERE:

How to make handmade wooden jewelry with simple tools

Be sure and thank Maria for sharing with SBLC!

Be sure and check out our other jewelry tutorials here at Saved By Love Creations!

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Make a DIY Terrarium Necklace

[pinit]DIY Terrarium Necklace Tutorial using Tim Holtz Corked Cloche @savedbyloves[pinit]

This tiny little treasure is easy to make and takes just minutes.  I found a new to me product from Tim Holtz called Corked Domes and knew immediately that I would be making a terrarium pendant with them.  There is glass drilling required, but do not fear.  You can do it, no problem.  I will help you and you will be a pro in no time.  I am warning you now that I used fake plants to make my terrarium.  You can use live plants.  It is way hipper if they are alive, but I have a tendency not to water things, so I went plastic.  If you are honest and you don't have a PhD in succulentology, you've gotta give me that they look like the real deal.


Rotary tool (I use Bead Landing Rotary Tool

Diamond Drill Bits

Tim Holtz Corked Domes

Small container of water and lint free towel

Hot glue/glue gun or Flora Bond if using live plants

Necklace Tutorial

Moss, small stones, mushrooms and whatever you want in your dome

Succulents (live or fake) - I got my fake succulents at Michael's

20 Gauge copper wire or eye pin

Round Nose jewelry pliers

Flat nose jewelry pliers

Needle nose pliers

 Flush wire cutters

Chain or cord for hanging your pendant

DIY Terrarium Necklace


First you need to drill a hole in the top of your dome for a place to insert wire for hanging the pendant.  Follow the detailed instructions I showed you in this tutorial:  Mason Jar Chimes Tutorial and Drilling in Glass.

NOTE:  These glass domes are very thin.  I tried drilling the hole using my dremel and shattered the first dome I attempted.  I like the rotary tool used in the tutorial linked above because it is way fewer RPMs than my dremel and it has adjustable speed.  Many people swear by their Dremels for drilling glass.  I find my rotary tool way easier and I have success 99% of the time with it.

Make a pendant bail

Either use an eye pin (pictured) or cut a lenght of wire about 4 inches and create a loop in one end with your round nose pliers.

How to Wire Wrap

Insert wire through Dome hole so that loop is on inside, then use flat nose pliers to bend wire to 90° about 1/8-1/4 inch above where it exits the top of the dome.

Jewelry Making Tutorial Terrarium Necklace

Use round nose pliers to grab the a few mm past the bend.  With your free hand, grab the wire end and wrap wire around the pliers to form a loop.  (That gunk on the round nose pliers is Tool Magic - it coats your jewelry making tools so they don't leave scratches and dents in soft wire).

Handmade Jewelry Tutorial Saved By Love Creations

Wrap the remaining wire starting at the base of the loop down to the top of the dome.  Trim off excess wire with flush cutters and tuck in the end with needle nose pliers.  Now you have your wire bail for hanging your pendant!

Necklace Tutorial

Lay out your goodies and start gluing things into place on the cork.  Flora Bond works with live plants and won't kill them!  I used hot glue since mine are artificial.

How to make your own jewelry

Once you have everything in place, add the dome and string your chain.  You are now super cool...

How to make a Terrarium Necklace

These would be cute as keychains too.  If you go crazy and your junk won't fit in the dome, just tear some off and patch up any glue spots showing with moss.  Play around until you are satisfied with how it looks.

Remember last year when I showed you how to make bigger terrariums?

How about our 50+ DIY Terrariums and Creative Planters?

Jewelry Making Nunn Design Winter Collection Giveaway

[pinit]2014 Winter Collection Giveaway @nunndesign @savedbyloves [pinit]

UPDATE:  Winner selected, contest over!  I had the pleasure of meeting Becky Nunn at CHA this winter, and I fell instantly in love with the beautiful Nunn Design line.  Now Saved By Love Creations and Nunn Design have teamed up to bring you a chance to win their gorgeous 2014 Winter Collection.

What one lucky winner will get:

Clay Squisher-Flourish

Earring Mini Circle-Gld

Earring Ornate Mini Circle-Slv

Fine Text Cable Chain-Slv 25ft

Flat Tag Mini Drop-Cop

Flat Tag Mini Drop-Slv

Flat Tag Mini Drop-Gld

Flat Tag Mini Tablet-Cop

Flat Tag Mini Tablet-Slv

Flat Tag Mini Tablet-Gld

Ornate Grande Brooch Circle-Cop

Ornate Grande Brooch Rectangle-SS

Ornate Grande Brooch Oval-Gld

Kit Ornate Earrings-Gold

The earrings kit includes everything you will need to create the bling beauties pictured. Clear step-by-step instructions and photos guide you through the process of creating beautiful earrings even if it is your first time trying epoxy clay!

I am so excited for whoever wins this. It is a great giveaway. Good luck!!  Thank you Nunn Design!

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How I Cut Wine Bottles for Perfect Rings

[pinit]How to Cut Wine Bottle Rings for #recycledbottleart #winebottlecrafts @savedbyloves[pinit]

I am cutting the heck out of wine and beer bottles these days as I create recycled bottle art.  There are several ways to approach this task.  You can score the bottle with one of the many bottle cutting jigs available, or you can go the tile saw route.  Today I am going to show you the best wine bottle cutter I have found, and how I  separate the glass cleanly after making the score line.  You will learn the best way to cut a wine bottle, as well as how I make the rings, then fuse them in my kiln to get the smooth "donut" like the one I made for the pictured necklace.

How to make jewelry from wine bottles

Best wine bottle cutter

Creator's Bottle Cutter

This is the cutter I use.  I love it.  I have tried several, and this one gives me the best score line with the least hassle.

PROS:  It is easy to get an even score line all the way around the bottle since the bottle is supported well and you have both hands free to rotate it.  It is great for cutting several rings of the same height from a bottle because you can easily adjust the blade location an even amount using the ruler on the blade guide.

CONS:  I wish I could cut the bottle neck with this cutter, but sadly, I can't.  The blade doesn't reach high enough for that.

This video from Delphi Glass shows you how easy it is to cut with the Creator's Bottle Cutter.  After making the score line, the video shows heat applied to the score line with a candle.  I started out that way, but then found a quicker way that produces very clean breaks.

Wine Bottle Ring Before Fusing First make all of the score lines for getting several rings from one bottle.  I like to make my rings 0.5-0.75 inches tall, so I just move the blade that distance for each line.

Best Wine Bottle Cutter

Once the score lines are made, I put the bottle back on the roller and heat the bottom score line.  I hold the torch in my right hand and spin the bottle on the rollers with my left hand on the neck of the bottle.  It is important to keep the bottle moving because applying the torch in one spot for very long will cause the glass to splinter  and shatter.

Sometimes a few rotations with the torch on the score line will be enough to separate the glass.  After 30 seconds of heat if the glass is still intact, I submerge in a bucket of cold water and that does it.  Now the bottom is off of the bottle and I move on to the next score line.  When it breaks, I have my first ring.

Glass fusing kiln

To get the smooth, flat ring shown in the beer bottle necklace, I put my rings in my kiln (I have a Paragon Fusion 14) and run to full fuse.  You could do these one at a time in your a microwave kiln.  That is how I started!

I showed you my first microwave kiln project here:

How to make dichroic glass with microwave kiln

Sea Glass Jewelry; How to Drill Holes in Sea Glass

[pinit]How to Drill Holes in Sea Glass @savedbyloves[pinit]

I have been playing with sea glass that I bought in Florida a couple of years back, and I finally had some success with drilling holes for jewelry.  I had to break several pieces with my Dremel before getting the hang of it.  You don't have to have a drill press to do this.  I actually find it easier to hold the drill in my hand so I can feel the pressure I am exerting.

Sea Glass Pendant DIY

This video from Marc Horne describes the technique I used for my pieces pictured.


To wire wrap your pieces like I did, visit this DIY Dichroic Fused Glass Pendant I shared with you previously.

How to Drill Holes in Sea Glass

Do you make sea glass jewelry?  What is your preferred drilling method?